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PBy at LA Municipal Green Building Conference

On April 14, Design Collaborative members Leigh Christy, Ben Feldmann and Marc Salette presented PBy to 50+ MGBC audience members interested in “Informing, Inspiring and Mobilizing Our Regional Network for Sustainability.”  The presentation focused not only on specific on-site design moves, but also how those moves might impact the City as a whole and encourage sustainable urban development within our existing fabric.  In this light, PBy was described as a multi-scale, integrated endeavor by a sovereign, collaborative group working not only on urban regeneration but also on strategies for implementation in order to “give legs” to the proposal.

Dozens of audience members stayed after the presentation to participate in a lively discussion on community outreach and implementation.  The need for additional public involvement as the project moves closer to implementation is indeed crucial in order to ensure that “place-making” serves as a community uniter and not another neighborhood divider.  Audience members encouraged us to continue to focus on the single human experience amidst the multi-acre planning.  The scale of this proposal is large enough to encompass multiple facets and still maintain cohesiveness; it isn’t whether soccer or habitat restoration or urban farming should occur, but how can these programs be designed, allocated and placed to best coexist?  Ultimately, the users of the spaces can and should take part in answering these more specific questions. 

On the other hand, the intent of the PBy work thus far is to demonstrate in a convincing manner that change at this scale is not only possible but necessary in order to create the sustainable urban environments individual Angelenos want and need.  Just as important, the intent of PBy is to spark discussion (virtual and otherwise) on how to bring about this process.  We hope our readers are participating in this critical dialogue as well…

PBy speaks at Cal Poly Pomona

PBy collaborators Hong Joo Kim, Jessica Varner, Leigh Christy and Marc Salette spoke this afternoon as part of Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Department’s Fall 2010 lecture series.

Organized around PBy’s four core principles, the group highlighted key aspects of Context, Vision and Process for undergraduate and graduate architecture, landscape architecture and planning students as well as faculty.  During the Q+A session, much of the discussion revolved around how a restored river would be similar to but different than the “original” river due to the transformation of the surrounding urban context.  Additionally, students seemed particularly interested in the process of working in a truly integrated  team, going so far as to hope that this method of collaborating would begin to proliferate the design world.  We couldn’t agree more.

Zocalo: PBy proposes a more integrated LA

Zocalo Public Square invited Piggyback Yard collaborators Marc Salette, Jim Stafford, Mia Lehrer and Michael Maltzan to discuss the promise of a revitalized Los Angeles, and how to build it.  Before a full house at the California Endowment on September 22, moderator Michael Woo, Dean of the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona, led the discussion of our ”guerilla planning” effort to transform this downtown rail yard into integrated public space, and to transform Los Angeles’ urban culture in the process.  A summary and video of the event are housed on the Zocalo Public Square website.

Marc Salette: 8 Questions on LA Urbanism

1. Given the current climate of economic crisis, governmental turmoil, and a general sense of stasis in the community, how can the city of eternal optimism take advantage of such a historic moment?

The scarcity of resources should encourage us to be more efficient of course, but also more essential, looking for fundamental opportunities and results, especially those that are synergetic, multivalent, and allow (or force) diverse groups to collaborate, combine their efforts to accomplish something greater than their own specialized agenda. The Piggyback Yard project is such an opportunity. Continue reading